JEFFERSON CITY • A representative from the state of Manchester will resign to become executive director of the Republican Party of Missouri, the party said in a press release on Monday.
Representative Jean Evans was elected for her second term last November. It represents the 99th arrondissement. Evans told the Post-Dispatch that she would resign this week.
Evans’ departure will allow Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican, to schedule a special election, likely setting up a high-profile contest in one of the few competitive legislative districts in St. Louis County.
Evans beat Democrat Mike LaBozzetta in November, garnering 53% of the vote to 47%.
“Representing a key swing district in St. Louis County, Jean has proven time and time again that she knows what it takes to earn votes in various segments of our state,” Parson said in a statement. “She is exactly the leader our Republican Party needs today and I am happy to welcome her as CEO.
Evans will replace Ray Bozarth as executive director.
She had just been appointed chair of the House economic development committee.
Evans was a business consultant and financial advisor before her first election in 2016, according to the press release. She also worked for Westminster Christian Academy in Town and Country.